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Sports Illustrated MLB Commemorative 2020

Sports Illustrated MLB Commemorative 2020

Sports Illustrated MLB Commemorative 2020

Through emotional storytelling and award-winning photography, Sports Illustrated provides you with complete coverage of all your favorite sports, including the NFL, College Football, Baseball, College Basketball, the NBA and more.

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in this issue

3 min
too much to handle

THE DODGERS had been here before—several times, in fact. They had reached the postseason in eight consecutive years and advanced to the NLCS five times in that span. So you can forgive Justin Turner if he didn’t treat the Dodgers’ NLDS-clinching Game 3 victory—in which he set a new franchise record with his 64th career postseason hit—as some grand accomplishment at the postgame media conference. “Records are cool,” said the third baseman. “Championships are better.” While the plot of this movie may seem familiar to Dodgers fans, the cast has never been quite as loaded as this one. The team’s.717 winning percentage is the highest in franchise history (in a 60-game season, but still). The Dodgers led the majors in ERA (3.02) and runs scored (349). They outscored opponents in the regular…

5 min
cody bellinger

IN HIS FIRST two years of pro ball, Cody Bellinger hit just four home runs. Three years after that, in the majors in 2017, he set a rookie record for home runs with 39, and in 2019 he hit 47 more on his way to the National League MVP award. What was the key to that upward trajectory? “A swing change,” was the explanation that Bellinger offered a few years ago in a clubhouse interview, when his ascent was beginning in earnest. But it wasn’t quite that simple, he acknowledged, taking a deep breath. “It’s kind of hard to explain.” When the Dodgers drafted him in the fourth round in 2013, Bellinger was a 17-year-old, 170-pound log of clay. His left-handed swing produced natural bat speed honed during countless BP sessions…

2 min
all-time team

CATCHER Roy Campanella He won three MVP awards between 1951 and ’55; after a ’58 car accident left him paralyzed, he continued to work for the Dodgers' organization. FIRST BASE Steve Garvey In 1974 he was named MVP and made the first of eight All-Star appearances in a row. Garvey also won four Gold Gloves and played in 1,207 straight games. SECOND BASE Jackie Robinson The player who broke baseball’s color barrier in 1947 earned Rookie of the Year honors in that historic season, and the MVP award in ’49. SHORTSTOP Pee Wee Reese The Hall of Famer was a team captain and 10-time All-Star during a run from 1940 to ’58 that produced seven pennants and one World Series victory. THIRD BASE Ron Cey The beloved Penguin made six consecutive All-Star teams from 1974 to ’79 and was co-MVP of the 1981 World…

6 min
a season like no other

THE DODGERS of the last half-decade had been built for worst-case scenarios. They were designed with disaster in mind—depth to navigate any injury, positional flexibility to adjust for any opponent and an enviable farm system to pivot toward any future direction. They were meant to be able to withstand anything. It’s only right that they finally won it all in a year when it felt as if everything was falling apart. The Dodgers’ recent history had turned winning into not just a routine but also a way of being. Their success had made it seem that it was all but impossible to imagine them doing otherwise. They had taken the NL West each year since 2013. And while those titles centered on a reliable core—ace Clayton Kershaw, third baseman Justin Turner, closer…

4 min
a rising feeling

SAYING THAT a slider has good depth means that it breaks late, that it travels straight for a while—“staying in the same lane as a fastball,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts explains—before bending through the strike zone. Sliders without depth swerve too early, making them easier to track and hit. In Game 2 of the wild-card round, Clayton Kershaw’s slider was as deep as the Pacific. He and Roberts credited the return of that pitch’s snappiness as the main factor in Kershaw’s dominant performance in the Dodgers’ series-clinching 3–0 victory over Milwaukee. Coupled with a 4–2 win the previous night—powered by a home run by Corey Seager, two doubles from Mookie Betts and six drawn walks—the first course of these expanded 2020 playoffs was gobbled up quickly. But Kershaw’s performance was the news…

6 min
blue collar

OF THE MANY attributes assigned to the Dodgers in the inevitable emptiness of recent seasons, “scrappy” has not been one of them. With their resources, their payroll and those beyond-white home uniforms glistening in the Southern California sun, the Dodgers give the appearance of being about as blue collar as a Hollywood movie mogul in the back seat of a limo with wine properly chilled. Such was the case especially this year, when the Dodgers treated the regular season as calisthenics and still won the National League West by six games. There are many ways to win a National League pennant. But because of their upper-crust pedigree, the Dodgers won it in the very best possible way for them. Accustomed to playing from out front, they won it by coming from…